Correctional programme for Brittany as case is withdrawn

2010-04-23 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The case against 18-year-old Brittany Mitchell of Hilton, who allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her ex-boyfriend’s mother in Johannesburg, was withdrawn in the Randfontein Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

In terms of legislation governing young non-violent offenders, Mitchell entered a diversion programme.

She must now do 100 hours’ community service, attend life skills and anger management classes, and see a psychologist regularly.

If she violates these conditions, the state will once again prosecute her.

Mitchell, a matric pupil at St Anne’s Diocesan College at the time of the alleged offence, was arrested in Sandton on her 18th birthday in September last year after allegedly paying R2 000 to a detective to kill Heather Eyre (45) of Melville.

Eyre is the mother of Calvin Eyre (24), a teacher at a Johannesburg private school. He and Mitchell began a relationship after meeting on Facebook.

Mitchell, who appeared in court wearing a black dress and white sandals, is a first-year student at the University of Pretoria.

Her bail conditions were amended earlier this year to allow her to start her university course, but she was largely restricted to her university residence room and study areas.

Regional magistrate Etienne van Niekerk ruled that as long as Mitchell adheres to the conditions, the case against her will not continue.

When the proceedings ended, Mitchell hastily left the court with her family and legal team.

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